Today over at Simply Stated, check out a few fun cocktail ideas for Mardi Gras: the Hurricane, Red Rooster, and Red Snapper. And if margaritas are more your style, check out the Mardi Gras Mango Rita recipe right here at HWTM! P.S. Be sure to check out RealSimple.com‘s fresh NEW LOOK while you’re over there!

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The Omnomicon has a fabulous step-by-step Rainbow Cake tutorial and the colorful pictures alone are positively drool-worthy! This recipe would be so much fun for a color party, a 60′s theme party, an art-lover’s birthday, or anytime you feel like brightening up the dessert table a bit. You could also take the same concept and […]

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Better Homes & Gardens has a truly mouth-watering recipe gallery out called “Our Best Cupcake Recipes” that’s full of creative, sweet treat ideas for Valentine’s Day, birthday parties, baby showers, or really any time you feel like whipping up something special! Some favorites from the gallery (with recipe links) are pictured above and below…what looks […]

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One of my favorite eye candy resources – Amy Atlas Events – was just featured in the premier issue of Southern Weddings magazine (a new glossy that’s loaded with great material, by the way)! Click here to download a pdf of Amy’s article…aptly titled “Oh, Sugar!“. I was also excited to discover that Amy listed […]

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Okay, here goes: My name is Jenn, and I’m an unhealthy snacker. There… I said it. That’s the first step towards recovery, right? We’re a few weeks into the new year now, and I’m realizing that my “healthier eating” resolution has been a tad (okay more like completely) non-existent. How about you? The problem on […]

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I’m finalizing the details for the upcoming Hip Hostess Event in Boston (January 15th) and thought I’d share one of my favorite “Stylish Entertaining on a Budget” tips with you today – which is the theme of the Boston event. Scrapbooking materials are a great resource for budget-friendly entertaining – and this extends way beyond […]

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Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I took a much-needed break from the computer for a few days, which was the best Christmas present ever – it’s amazing how different the world can look after a few good nights of sleep! Speaking of which… catch some extra zzz’s tonight and tomorrow night if you […]

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There’s something so inviting and “wintery” about the look of white chocolate, which makes it perfect for holiday treats! Here are a few yummy recipes links for all my fellow sweet tooth friends out there…ENJOY! Pictured above, clockwise from top left: • White Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake • White Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle […]

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There are some people that are creative with food, and then there are others that are just PURE GENIUS! Bakerella easily falls into the latter category – just take these ridiculously clever “Snow Globe Coca-Cola Cupcakes” for example, which she made from upside-down mini coke bottles, red baking cups, and lots of sweet stuff.  I […]

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Today on Simply Stated: celebrate the season with these delicious, hot cocktails… CHEERS!

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These fun snowmen-themed treats from BHG make me happy just looking at them…did you ever think a glass of milk could be even remotely this cute?! (top left image) Pictured above, clockwise from top left: “Look at Frosty Go” milk glasses (yes – those are powdered donut hole heads!), “Before I Melt Away” white chocolate […]

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***** Build a Bar at Home (Warning: Hangovers Ahead!) Hi! I’m Carley from TheNest.com, the spin-off home site from the folks at TheKnot.com (every bride’s wedding obsession). We recently came out with The Nest Home Design Handbook, a cool 101 on everything casa-related. I’m thrilled to be guest-blogging on HWTM about building a bar at […]

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Today in Entertaining 101 – check out a few scrumptious cake recipes – from bundt cakes to cheesecake and more! So grab a pan and spread some holiday cheer!

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This Peppermint Patty “hot toddy” from the Winter 2008 issue of The Nest looks absolutely de-lish! Perfect holiday “dessert cocktail” or signature drink idea for home parties like ornament/cookie exchanges. Read on for the full recipe…

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Calling all Choco-holics: BHG has a mouth-watering gallery up right now called “18 Luscious Chocolate Cookie Recipes“…need I say more?! Image #1: Chocolate PB Mini Sandwiches, Peanut Butter Munchies, Minty Cocoa Fudge Sandwich Cookies, Italian Chocolate-Spice Cookies. Image #2: *Chocolate Pillows and Chocolaty Caramel Thumbprints. *I’m thinking that anything called “Chocolate Pillows” is a must-try… […]

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Feel a Thanksgiving-day sweet tooth coming on? These fall-friendly treats would make for a very happy ending to any turkey-day meal… Pictured above: • Spiced Pumpkin Layer Cake (at top) • Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing • Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle • Walnut Tartlets (YUM!) Enjoy!

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Today over at Simply Stated: check out a list of 10 tempting Pumpkin Cocktails and Desserts for Thanksgiving!

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Looking for a fun way to warm up this season? This super easy – and super yummy – spiked cider recipe tastes like Hot Apple Pie…and is even better with whipped cream! {Full recipe after the jump}

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Can you believe we’re already mid-November?! Thanksgiving and Christmas are only weeks away! We’re working on a bunch of holiday content at HWTM right now… new Christmas/Holiday and New Year’s party themes, recipes, and gift guides are in the works… stay tuned! One thing I’m especially excited about is an extensive new Holiday Drink Guide […]

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Here’s another super cute idea from the brides.com Orange Crush wedding gallery, perfect for personalizing fall & winter weddings or showers: hot apple cider dressed up with personalized drink stirrers and a cinnamon stick. Serve this up in see-through coffee mugs, like these cool Irish Coffee Glasses from Crate & Barrel. ($2.95 each) To make […]

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